The X Games are a sport competition that consists of two versions: winter and summer. The first summer games were held in Providence and Newport, Rhode Island in 1995. The first winter games took place in Big Bear Lake, California. Nowadays, the Summer Games always take place in Los Angeles, California. And the Winter Games are held in Aspen, Colorado.
The summer X Games have competitions in skateboarding, BMX biking, motorcycling, rally car racing, and surfing. This competition takes place in a hot environment. The most famous skateboarder in the world is Tony Hawk from San Diego, California. The winter X Games includes sports like snowboarding, skiing, and snowmobiling. A very famous snowboarder is Travis Rice, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Some of the attractions of this competition are the rush and the adrenaline both the athletes and the audience feel when a competitor is in the air doing a trick. The crow goes silence and seconds become hours waiting to see if he can accomplish the stunt. However, not always everything goes as plan. The name of games is not a coincidence:
- At the 2003 summer games, a motocross rider had to abandon the competition in a wheelchair after a crash.
- One time, a rider trying to do a stunt called the Stirilizer had an accident and ended up with convulsions in front of the audience.
- In 2007, a skateboarder attempting to make a jump, fell and was sent to a hospital with a bleeding liver, bruised lung and whiplash.
For many years, some people criticized the games, and even consider them just a fashion and something trendy. Nowadays with the help of sponsors, especially ESPN, these games have become very famous, and everyday there are more fans, to the point that in the first X Games, there were more than two thousands spectators.